Herman Miller’s Shell Shorts: A Concise History of the Eames Shell Chair

Apr 6, 2014

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We’ve been loving the latest installments of WHY, the online essay series from EQ3+ partner Herman Miller exploring why they do what they do. WHY’s most recent essay, Shell Shorts, condenses 70 some years of Eames Shell Chair history into just a few short paragraphs.

 

It sounded like an impossible task, but they did it!

 

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“The story of the Eames Plastic Shell Chair really began more than ten years prior to Charles and Ray’s 1950 debut of their now iconic design…”¹ says Amber Bravo in the opening paragraph of her essay Shell Shorts.

 

Bravo goes on to look at the Eameses initial attempts at shaping plywood, their work with fiberglass for the original Eames Shell Chair, and then their move to molded wood and polypropelene alternatives when the original fiberglass version was deemed unsafe to produce. Bravo brings the story full circle with mention of Herman Miller’s newly reintroduced and environmentally safe Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs, which were released last month.

 

A set of 12 Eames gifs (you’ve got to see these gifs!) accompany the post, offering a fun look at the fiberglass production process. The gifs act as movie trailers for a series of Instagram videos that Herman Miller released earlier this week. Follow @HermanMiller on Instagram to watch all 10 Shell Shorts.

 

Source:

1. HermanMiller.com, WHY: Shell Shorts, written by Amber Bravo for Herman Miller.

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